Blessing of the Fleet: By creek or land
, 2015

Blessing of the Fleet: By creek or land

The community is invited to the 44th annual Blessing of the Fleet Sunday, May 4. The ceremony marks the opening of the fishing season on the Chesapeake Bay, blessing the fishermen and their boats for safety and a fruitful season.

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The Honorary Harbormaster is Capt. Carroll Curry, according to committee co-chairman Bud Bolger.

A boat parade will start at 3:30 p.m. from the mouth of Cockrell’s Creek, proceed up the Creek to the Morris-Fisher factory tall stack property, and then anchor dockside, said Bolger.

The parade will be led by the Chesapeake Breeze, the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum’s Elva C and a Virginia Marine Resources Commission patrol boat. Co-sponsor Omega Protein will be represented by the F/V Smugglers Point and Capt. Alan Hinson.

All other boats are invited to follow in the parade up Cockrell’s Creek and anchor off the property to view the ceremony and receive the blessing, said Bolger. The program will begin at 4 p.m.

District 4 Sen. Ryan T. McDougle is the guest speaker. Local clergy will bless the fleet. American Legion Post 117 will present the colors at the beginning of the ceremony and cast a memorial wreath on the creek later in the service.

Seaworthy music will be provided by the St. Mary’s Episcopal choir, Bethany UMC choir, the Reedville Chorale and The Note Connection.

“St. Mary’s Fleeton Episcopal Church and Omega Protein thank all the participants in this 44th annual Blessing of the Fleet. Without the help of our community, clergy, veterans, waterman and volunteers who are contributing to this service, the blessing would not be possible,” said Bolger. “We look forward to continuing the Northern Neck’s sea-going heritage for years to come.”

By land, the Morris-Fisher factory tall stack is on Morris Fisher Stack Lane, off Menhaden Road.

Bring lawn chairs as there is limited seating provided, added Bolger.

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